Matthew Layne, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, has been named Assistant Dean for Research.
Dedicated to facilitating, monitoring and evaluating research experiences for medical students with the goal of expanding and enhancing student research opportunities at BUSM, Layne will report to Associate Dean for Research Andrew Taylor and work collaboratively with the Medical Education, Enrichment and Student Affairs offices. In this role, Layne will maintain and develop new resources, programs and curriculum for medical student research.
Layne also studies the mechanisms of fibroproliferative diseases. Current projects include identifying signaling pathways in the vasculature that lead to aortic aneurysm. Collaborative studies are defining the mechanisms of fat tissue expansion driven by changes in adipose tissue progenitors and identifying the mechanisms by which specific disease-causing mutations lead to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.